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>> in an effort to share information to the passports as a criteria in the visa waiver program countries must sign agreements with united states regarding the sharing of lost and stolen passports. through participation in the program that nations have agreed to share the lost and stolen passport information. doctor bersin, do the countries routinely share information on lost and stolen passports in interpol backs >> yesterday due into there was regular checking that we do to see that that requirement is met that would be a preview of how many entries have been made by the countries and if th that problem arises we will remedy that. >> are there any countries that are noncompliant? >> at this time no and asked
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several of us noteasseveral of e testimony of the 40 million records 96% of them come from the visa waiver countries or aspiring in which the requirement to populate the database is set. >> if the country becomes noncompliant what actions would you take? >> first would be the communication between the program office working with the components on hsi to point out the deficit and overtime we haven't met the situation yet but there would be the authority of the secretary's office with secretary johnson to take steps to see that that effort was enforced in the law.
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>> we haven't had this instance happened yet. what would be a realistic amount of time, three months or six months quick >> because of the importance to the security vetting we wouldn't want that to be an extended period of time. i know everybody seems to be in compliance right now but is there a hurdle to providing the information you hear from the partner nations? >> with regards to the visa as the chair pointed out at the outset of these are the closest allies in the country with whom we share the most experienced that have developed sophisticated information systems operating through, so
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with regard to the countries we have the infrastructure in place. >> as a result of the requirement to you think the sharing has been increased into the program has been successful? >> i appreciate you can be named this hearing and exploring the legislative options so soon after the vulnerabilities have been exposed and appreciate the testimony that we've heard from the experts today and want to thank mr. wagner and mr. bersin for the response and the outbound passengers from the u.s. in light of the flight 370 tragedy and everything else that you described but to build upon
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something the ranking member has asked about the capacity building with other countries around the world you responded that there is not a line item currently but can you talk a little bit more starting with mr. bersin and continue with mr. wagner about funding the capacity and efforts into the second question you may also want to address in the same way that we are exploring the legislative options in the fixes you've already put in place maybe talk about what other countries have done over the last three weeks so if you would start. >> starting with the second
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question in the aftermath of the interpol statements come of secretary general ronald noble has been publicizing the issue and countries around have taken note of the problem and while it's too soon to say that it's resulted in changes it has created an awareness that didn't exist before and i think we will be seeing different countries within the constraints of the systems and cultures into the wall taking action and we should continue to encourage the populating database and also the screening. with regards to capacity building there are instances in which they have received state department grants through programs to help countries build the capacity. my point is it's always on a grand basis and there is no long-term capacity building line
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item to say we are going to do this and encourage all of the countries in north america from colombia or pinnacle to build a system so that any time someone comes into the north american aerospace or port we would have insight who is on those planes. to do that would take a large budget. mr. wagner is in a better position to give the experience and can allow anin panama all ad others but the larger vision is that over the next ten years while we cannot build the measures we built here we can put a minimally required satisfactory system in place from ten of all to the arctic but that would take it budget
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appropriation and i was us. >> i would think every country and every person in the world that gets on an airplane has a shared interest so we have the allies we've already described. the uk is already pursuing this but we also have countries like iran who have safety concerns. is there any way we can provide resources or encourage others especially wealthy countries to share the burden to make sure everyone is participating? i would love to find from you or mr. wagner what the cost is so we know what we are talking about. do you have a thought on this? >> we did work with mexico and panama on and the caribbean to help these countries with their authorities into the internal
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laws and regulations to complex of the manifest information to help fund them in the systems to actually go through and screamed that information and we have our personnel with this to share what we can so there's work to do with other developing develog countries and then there's also the developed world getting our allies to take like approaches to how we do this and you will find very degrees of capacities and authorities and privacy issues that it's a consistent message that all of our allies should be doing it in a similar fashion. >> as a follow-up to today's hearing what you be able to come up with a ballpark figure and share that with the committee so
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we understand and maybe on the past experiences with other countries what it would take to fund the necessary capacity locally, not that the united states needs to bear that burden on its own, but just so we know what that number is it so that is the basis for engaging other countries that might give to fund that's because it's in everyone's interest. >> she described this in finer detail. there is an infrastructure background. there is one single that connects the 190 countries have interpol and it's the beginning of the kind of system that you're talking about but perhaps he can explain what the system is and why it is a potential link in the area that you're exploring. >> we have notes in about five minutes.
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>> it is the backbone that connects the countries to not only interpol and resource databases to each other and the ability otothe ability of the co utilize this is centered upon its bureaus of the national central bureau becomes the cornerstone for making sure that the utilities tools are available. >> with that said the u.s. has been supportive of the interpol membership in the community specifically in central america. we helped install sites at specialized police units but also border control points as well. we are continue to work prior to the airline disaster we've been working with counterparts in mexico and other countries in the caribbean as well to determine how we can better and most effectively assist them in fully realizing how the utilities and tools may be better serviced in their countries.
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and we will obviously work with interpol to determine how we can best come up with a global strategy for engaging countries sharing best practices and lessons learned from this process. it's been a process for the united states, one that's taken time to develop and we need other countries to ramp up as quickly as possible. >> recognize the gentleman from california. first the ranking member has a comment. >> i want to put on the record thank you for your leadership on this issue and a lighter that you joined on into this isn't taking your time but i hope you will submit -- i would like to submit the letter for the record. again thank you for your leadership. >> thinthank you madam chair for allowing me to participate and the ranking member for supporting that request.
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and as others have stated, my prayers and wishes go out to the families of malaysia flight 370. but as we have often learned from aviation disasters, if there is any hope that has come out of it it is that we learn a lot about our own security and how to make passenger safety much better and i also want to note int if the chair miller submitted a letter to the department of homeland security and we appreciate the response that we received. and with senator schumer to create this s. ltd database if they don't we simply won't issue than these us and i hope i can
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work with the chair and the ranking member on such legislation. mr. bersin from you we would've to north america's concern as well because i believe the country we should principally be tracking our ones who have airports near our borders. for example, and my colleagues district she has mexico which has a large international airport and in san diego you have to yell on a just to the south and washington state you have vancouver and of course new york montréal and toronto are not far. my question is what degree are the bordering countries to the north and south, canada and mexico and of course in the hemisphere and a law and other countries, what percentage of passengers are being screened against the database traveling
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in and out of those countries? >> with regards to mexico, the figure mr. wagner can confirm what the 100% in terms of people entering mexico and could cross the border and come into the united states. with regard to canada, the canadians are fully cooperative with us and they screamed. we are in discussion with them about the full screening debut for their own citizens and as a result of this incident we will see a complete screening from the neighbors to the north. >> does that mean a flight originated in venezuela and landed in mexico 100% of the passengers with a check? >> that's great with regards to the stolen and lost travel document database. >> suppose a flight originating
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from germany and coming to vancouver, 1100% be checked? >> with regards to against the canadian database, yes and against the s. ltd when there is a secondary inspection there would be a check and as i say we are engaged in canada is engaged in to see what it could do to complete the cycle. with regard to the point on north america the reason i focus is that it's not just the neighboring airports such as far as and el paso, san diego, but it's people coming from outside the atmosphere into central america for example and traveling overland to the border so it's important for us to actually look at this as a continental problem, not a
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national one and i think president obama in the own the border action plan with the prime minister and canada recognizing perimeter security as a critical issue and our colleagues and partners share this notion. >> we are beginning to learn about check it whic such as a purchase program with interpol. what is the participation of u.s. airlines and hotels and other tourism companies right now as far as checking passports against the database as a point of purchase rather than 72 hours before the flight? and i'm just talking about the united states.
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>> i believe that all passports are being screened not by the airlines necessarily at the plaintiff purchased but by cbp and domestic purchases is what we are referring to. >> but i check a program intended to have cooperation with the vendors, right? the airlines and hotels. >> right. the relationship, the public-private relationship exists in the u.s. for some time and has a better fact it's a model for the world. it's one that we have taken to interpol and the ie check if working group is in a developmental stage. interpol is beginning to look at how to balance requirements into the concerns of 190 companies with a public-private partnership. having said that, the models that have been rolled out have been with hotels and they have
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seen success. they are now looking specifically at following the malaysian airline disaster at the transportation sector. >> is every purchase in the united states to travel outside or every purchase out of the united states to travel in the united states checked against the database at the point of purchase or closer to the departure or arrival? >> this will be the final question. >> when the tickets are purchased and checked out the counter. >> 100%? >> inbound flights to the u.s. yes. >> i want to thank the witnesses for being here. i think all of us have additional questions, so i would invite you all to separate those for the witnesses and we will ask for a written response to the questions and again i appreciate you coming on short notice.
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we convened this hearing i had an idea and convened it pretty quickly particularly for helping us move on capitol hill. so we appreciate the witnesses coming this morning and in person went to the role that record will be open for seven days and without objection the committee stands adjourned. thanks again. >> yes, our nation is founded on law and not on the whim of man.
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there is no divine right of presidents. a president is an ordinary citizen vested with the power to govern and sworn to protect the u.s. inherent in that is a responsibility to live within its laws with no higher or lower expectations than the average citizen. appeared atsident the deposition of ms. jones and secondly before the federal grand jury, he was sworn to tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth. this according to witnesses to the judiciary committed before the special counsel, he did not do. , i will vote to impeach the president of the u.s. i ask this be considered by the u.s. senate and that other body of this great congress uphold
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their responsibility to render justice on these most serious charges. but to the president. you haveay -- sir, done great damage to this nation over the past year. while your defenders are contending that further impeachment proceedings would only protract and exacerbate the damage to this country, i say that you have the power to terminate that damage. and heal the wounds you have created. you, sir, may resign your post. [shouting] >> the house will be in order. >> and -- [shouting] >> the house will be in order. >> i can only challenge you in
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such fashion if i am willing to heed my own words. to my colleagues, my friends, and most especially my wife and family, i have hurt you all deeply and i beg your forgiveness. prepared to lead our a narrow majority as a speaker. i believe i had it in me to do a fine job. but i cannot do that job. or be the kind of leader that i would like to be under current circumstances. so i must set the example that i hope resident clinton will follow. i will not stand for speaker of the house on january 6. but rather, i shall remain as a backbencher in this congress that i so dearly love for approximately six months. whereupon i shall vacate my seat and asked my governor to call a
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>> good afternoon, we are excited you have decided to join us. i am carmel martein. tomorrow is april 8, eight a qual pay day. we have not done what we need to do to ensure equal pay. average, paid, on $.77 for doing the same as a man. on racial and ethnic lines, it is worse. african-american work make only -- african-american workers make only $.64. a families issue. families increasingly rely on women's wages to make ends meet. between 1967 and 2010, the percentage of mothers who
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brought home at least a corner of a family's earnings rose from tos than a third, 20%, nearly two thirds. here today to help us frame our discussion, betsey stevenson. dr. stevenson serves as a member of the council of economic advisers at the white house and is a leading expert on labor market policy. focused much of her work on how different public policies can affect the labor market experiences of women and working families. we are honored to be partnering with the white house of the department of labor on a summit later this year on working family issues. we are grateful to have her today and see her as a terrific partner. y's record isetse long and distinguished. she has taught at the nation's leading institutions and is published widely in leading economic journals. she served as chief economist of
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the u.s. department of labor and is currently on leave from the university of michigan's gerald r ford school of public policy and the economics department at michigan, where she is an associate president of public policy and economics. we will be joined by a distinguished panel that will be whorated by jocelyn frye, will tell you more about the panelists. just to give you a preview, the chair,will include eeoc jacqueline berrien. dean montgomery from the mccourt school of public policy at georgetown. victoria from the kennedy school of government at harvard, and equal pay advocate amanda mcmillan. join me in welcoming dr. stevenson to the stage. [applause] >> thank you. i want to thank you for the opportunity to participate in today's discussion.
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the issue of women's pay and participation in the workforce is vitally important for women and for our economy. it is moving and heart wrenching at a personal level, a fact you will not miss when you hear amanda's story. it is also a matter of central importance for our nation in the 21st century. without making more of the amazing talent of women in the labor force, we cannot maintain competitiveness. america has long been a nation where prosperity has flourished because of our talented workforce. our workers are some of the most productive in the world. but we can do better. we must do better. succeeding with women is at the heart of doing better. women are now nearly half of our labor force. although participation of women in the prime working years stalled at roughly 75% in the 1990's. women's participation of her continued toas
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grow in other countries. researchers have pointed to a lack of family-friendly policies, like paid parental and sick leave, day care, and the right to be able to work part-time, as an explanation for why the u.s. has lost ground relative to other developed countries. the fact that women's participation stalled in the 1990's does not mean that women 's role in the labor force has stayed the same over the last few decades. women have overtaken men as college graduates and in graduate education. their dominance in education over the past few decades means that women are the majority of our young, highly skilled workers. are receiving training and entering higher-paying fields that were once the near exclusive dominion of man. just how highlight important women are for our labor force and our economy. and for us to remain competitive.
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help explainlso why women earnings have grown in importance for families. today, about four in 10 families have a woman as the primary breadwinner. ,mong employed married women their earnings now comprise a household% of their earnings on average. women have continued to gain skills. they are going into higher earning professions and are increasingly relied on to provide for their families. so, why are we stuck at $.77 on the dollar? is seener wage gap persistently across income distribution. we see it within and across occupations. we even see it when men and women are doing identical work, side-by-side. let's take the challenges that computer scientists face, as the new york times reported this weekend. they share of women in computing to declined from 37% in 1985
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18% in 2012. a rare example of women losing ground in a trend that is in the opposite direction of the needs of our labor force. troubling ismore the fact that women drop out of computer science professionals at rates double that of men. as women experience a culture that they too often find unwelcoming. making sure that computer science can better attract and retain women is crucial to meeting demand for workers over the coming decade. the urgency is there. not just because women are fed ess,ith being paid l facing unwelcoming workplaces, and economic discrimination, but because our economic environment relies on it. women are often too often choosing occupations because they offer flexibility without guilt and penalty. --upations like a citrix occupations have shown us that flexibility does not have to structure of the job.
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more occupations need to figure out how to work under for women and families. we are failing to retain the talent they need to retain competitive. the gender wage gap grows through women's careers. every year, the difference between what women earn and men are gross. every instance -- women are in and men earn grows. every instance adds up. teased forirl who is liking math, the college student who drops a class after the ta propositions her, the woman who is passed up for a promotion by her male collie, a buddy of the manager's. the woman who is passed over a promotion because she took maternity leave. the woman who gets tired of being marginalized and changes careers midstream. there is no end to the stories. each of these adds up, time and
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time again, to $.77 on the dollar. the president knows this is a national problem. left unaddressed, it will he rode our economic position in the world. tot is why he has asked us increase opportunities for when to succeed. between now and june 23, when the white house hosts a summit on working families with the department of labor, the president has asked advisers to reach out to and work with the leaders -- work with business leaders, educators, advocates, understand this, and state and local governments to explore key issues. including workplace for stability, equal pay, and paid leave. to make sure we are doing all that we can and all that we must to make the best years of american talent and to ensure u.s. competitiveness in the 21st century. he knows that there are things that congress can do right now. they can vote this week to pass
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the paycheck fairness act. a bill that addresses the injustice that led to lilly ledbetter being paid less simply for being a woman for 19 years. lili's company used pay superstate, the threat of retaliation as an important policy to persist. if you cannot find out how much a reverse -- if you cannot find out how much others are earning, you cannot find out how much you are being discriminated against. lilly had to wait 19 years. the lilly ledbetter act empowers women to file claims. we cannot stop there. we hope that congress will do their part. the president is taking two new executive actions tomorrow to combat this challenge and strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws. the first is that he will sign
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an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss compensation. he knows that pay secrecy fosters discrimination and we should not tolerate that and federal contracting. he will also sign a presidential memorandum instructing the secretary of labor to establish requiringendations federal contractors to submit to the department of labor summary data on compensation paid to employees. bacy sexa and this will show companies this is how you are stacking up, this is what your pay gap looks like. to allow more targeted enforcement, like focusing efforts where there are discrepancies and reduce burdens on other employers. the president is leading by actple, using the pen to where he can. he will continue to urge congress to pass the paycheck fairness act to ensure all
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employers are held to the same high standard women deserve. there is a lot more to be done. we will be working together to find ways of moving the ball even further for. one thing is clear, when women succeed, america succeeds. think you. [applause] >> good afternoon and welcome to the center for american progress. i am a senior fellow here. weill introduce our panel, have a really terrific panel. and i am going to give a brief
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introduction and then we are going to get right into it. first, immediately to my right is the chair of the equal employment opportunity commission, jacqueline berrien. she has a resume that is far too lengthy for me to recount. will i will tell you is that she has a long history in public service. a litigator at the naacp legal defense and education fund. she also has been philanthropic. at the ford foundation, she worked on women's issues as well. she was appointed by the president as chair in july 2009. welcome. seated next to her is amanda mcmillan from jackson, mississippi. i am sure you will be able to tell that when she starts talking. great to have her here. we have called her and equal pay
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advocate. she has a very personal story to tell about her advocacy around equal pay and her personal experience challenging pay discrimination. and winning. thank you for being here. next to her, dean edward montgomery. the dean at the public policy institute at georgetown. andtoo, has a long establish record. he was assistant secretary in the department of labor during the clinton administration. he has done work around auto recovery for president obama. he is an economist. i think we will be able to bring a unique perspective, having many different hats. ist but not least, victoria the founding executive director of the women in public policy program at the harvard kennedy school. she works on a range of public policy issues affecting women.
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both domestically and internationally. she has been a leader on this issue for many years. we are excited and pleased to have you join us. i will start with amanda. i am sure amanda, you did not necessarily think in your life you were going to be out there as an advocate for equal pay. i think it would be interesting for us to hear about your experience. in mississippi. tell us a little bit about what the problem was. what is it that prompted you to think there was something going on that was wrong in the workplace question mark >> i never thought that i would stage talking a about my experience. i am so grateful to be here. i work for a company for almost 10 years. it wholesale distributor that supply goods to merchants. , i didn office manager
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whatever they needed me to do. process invoices, take orders from customers. whatever they needed me to do. over the years, because they liked the way that i worked, they like to me as an employee, they promoted me to be their accounts payable and accounts receivable manager. that gave me an insight to their banking record. to knowe me insight what other people were making in the company. if god had not happened, i would have never known what -- if that had not happened, i would have never known what other people were making. it was a very hostile work environment. just to be clear. you were not going to discuss people, made with other inside or outside of this company.
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have that inside information, i knew what others were making. i wanted to make that money, too. becamesitions in sales available, when people would retire or go to another job, i could fill an application for that position. time and time and time again when i asked to even apply, they told me know. it was always the same answer -- because you're a woman. they told me people would not want to do business with me because i am a woman. they told me the job was too dangerous for a woman to do. i would have to go into bad neighborhoods. a woman can do that. i would not be a very good mother if i was on the road making sales calls. and what if my child fell off the monkey bars and i was three hours away and she needed me then? that is not a good mother.
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that was the answer i was given time and time again. just described a little bit, what was the job you wanted? >> i wanted to be a salesman for this company. you call on customers and you took their order. it is not brain surgery or anything. i was already doing it over the phone. it was outside sales versus inside the office. were doinggs you already were very similar? >> very similar. >> how often did you ask him about it? at least on four to five formal occasions where i was able to document what had happened. -- i asked if i took a self-defense class would they be .appy, they said no there was a gamut of things i try to do to appease the problems with me being a woman
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to even consider me for the job. even asking if i got a sex change, could i then fill out an application, they said no. [laughter] >> that seems extreme. [laughter] what did you do instead? instead, i researched my rights. i did it on my own. i went to the computer, which was a wealth of information for me. i started to read about other people's experience. was this legal, was this a legal, i was trying to define it .or myself i researched it myself. >> what did you decide? >> i decided it was wrong morally, ethically, and more importantly, legally. and i could prove it. so i filed a complaint with the eeoc? >> what happened?
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>> it was taken, there was an investigation. .our years, it took a long time it is hard to be patient and hard to understand that justice .akes a long time you have to go through all these different steps to make this happen. and i knew that i could prove it. i do not care how long it took. you for that. you are next to the chair of the berrien.queline i am sure this is not the first time you have heard this story or others like it. people consistently say, women payarticular, say that discrimination is a challenge and an issue. can you talk a little bit about what the eeoc is.
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i know you cannot talk specifically about cases, what is your operation -- what is your observation in terms of pay discrimination and expenses like amanda's? >> thank you for inviting me to join you today. the story that amanda mcmillan is in some ways typical of what we see. in some ways, it is atypical of what women experience. let me start with what is common and what we have seen in other circumstances. to use thebeen able law, particularly title vii of the civil rights act of 1964 and equal pay act of 1963 to try to address the problems of pay discrimination. first of all, one aspect of what amanda experienced was to be in thess then men workplace who were doing similar work. as she said, she was doing sales. some people were outside doing sales, she was inside doing
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sales. , identical similar in some respects. and yet she was earning less for the same job or part of the same job. the other thing that is similar. one of the reasons there is a gap in pay between men and women, on average, is that women are still excluded from some better compensated jobs and relegated and even segregated, at times, into the poorly, stated jobs -- the poorly compensated jobs. in the food service industry, it is not unusual for women to dominate the positions where tips are a substantial portion of income. they're not even making minimum wage and they are not eligible thatome of the higher tips go to other kinds of waitstaff. in your case, you found it was
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fine as long as he worked as an office manager, you stayed in the office. when you started to inquire about jobs that would pay you more, you got pushed back then it would not be appropriate or it would be too dangerous. even though you were willing and able to do it. a numberepresented in of cases, or been able to resolve, charges of discrimination through our process inive similar circumstances. women have been shut out of jobs that were qualified for. sometimes in male-dominated oras like mining construction or transportation. especially long haul trucking, thehouse jobs, rigging, representation of women is small. we are challenging that exclusion. we are also challenging when men and women are working in the same workplace and doing the same jobs but not being paid the same thing. in another case we resolved
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recently, a woman was working for a fast food restaurant. she came in as a cashier. as a sandwich maker. she worked her way up, she eventually became a shift manager. literally at every stage along the process she found that men were working beside her and earning more. sometimes it was simply that they were paid more. other times it was that the restaurant was systematically make decisions that when wouldss was slow, women be sent home but men could continue their shift. that was happening systematically. we've are able to find it was happening across the country. the seeing that makes amanda mcmillan's story somewhat unique in that makes our enforcement of these laws is so challenging is it is more often the case that people, as she said, have no idea they are being paid less.
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transparency around pay and compensation, what people earn, is one of the very real impediments to trying as a government agency or for the private enforcement actors like to dos and have practiced as much as we would hope. >> that is one of the issues that is part of the president's executive action to deal with transparency. that is what i was going to ask you about in terms of the invisibility of pay discrimination. is that the biggest challenge in ability tooc's uncover pay discrimination? is a transparency or are there problems with the law? >> transparency is a major problem. it is one form of discrimination that a person can be victimized by and not know it is happening. you happen to have access to financial records.
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the storyu may know with lilly ledbetter. she had been working for years for goodyear and have no idea she was being paid less. an anonymous tipster let her know through a note. in one of the other cases recently, a woman who was working as a human resources learned that two men who held the same position come and actually had smaller caseloads than her, were earning more. partly, i suspect, because of her role in the corporation as a human resources person, she was able to piece together some information through the records her regularss to in employment. most people are not in that position. challenge is when a workplace actually prohibits people from talking about patty. -- about pay. subjects them to discipline if they discussed pay.
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makes it virtually impossible for an employee to know whether they are being paid the same as others in the workplace. >> thank you. to ed you have worn different hats. you have been in administration and had enforcement responsibilities. you have been in academia and have the perspective of an economist as well. the issue of fair pay -- there is always so much disputed. but why does it matter from an economic perspective? >> you can start with the economic perspective starting with the stories you just told. individuals who go to the marketplace not to get the earnings they deserve. lifepacts their quality of and their family's quality of life over their lifetime. what you learn today affect your
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retirement. it sticks with you and your family. it changes the opportunities your family can enjoy. we as a society, adding that up over millions and millions of women, you come to a very big number in terms of economic impact. we as an economy are not growing as rapidly as we should be. we do not enjoy the quality of life that we should be. the dusk of the problems we face today is relatively low growth -- the two problems we face today is relatively low growth and low income. as we get american families the income they deserve? these things accumulate and affect a community's ability to grow because of purchasing power. they affect a business as if he is ability to grow. the company is hurting themselves. they are hurting our competitiveness and our ability as a country to grow. these accumulate from individual stories to a very big, macro picture for the economy.
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betsey stevenson talked about this, the role of women in families and increasingly being breadwinners. the importance of addressing talent. how does that play out? have saidly, people it is nice if women earn money but that men are really bringing home the resources. is that still true? or are the demographics changing? >> that would have been true for 35 years. most of the family income growth we have seen since the 1970's, almost all of it, has been because of increased labor force participation of women and their earnings. if there was a day when it was icing on the cake, it is the cake now. that reality.ape more women are more essential to the earnings of the household. it is not a peripheral issue. it is a central, everyday issue
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for the well-being of the vast majority. 40% of households rely on women's earnings as the sole breadwinner. there is another 20% or 30% who a partial as breadwinner. women's earnings account for a significant contribution in over 80% of households in the u.s. that is a big time thing. >> the other thing i wanted you to address, when you were at the department of labor as an enforcement official, one of the issues out there is being able to identify when pay discrimination is happening. and having access to the information that is necessary. can you talk a little bit about the challenges that agencies face in being able to identify pay discrimination? >> economists say how can you measure something you cannot see. yet we have laws prohibiting pay discrimination and yet we get no pay data.
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how do we know if there is pay discrimination without pay data? it seems, as secretary herman was a very strong about wanting us as the department of labor and the clinton administration basic paycollecting information. so you have some way of figuring out which employers have issues and which do not. the equal pay survey came into place during that period. during the bush administration. it was the first time we started being able to get regular kinds of pay data. without a transparency, as the commissioner just talked about, how do you know where the problems are? who do you know needs issues. it is not just how much it helps enforcers, it gives individuals the power to address the problems themselves. what allows employers to get away with it is the absence of sunshine. empowers women to negotiate. it empowers women to demand. it empowers enforcers to come in.
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youas all those benefits if make data available. >> you alluded to the fact that betsey stevenson talked about the other executive action around the collection of pay data. is there a way to collect it and ?till protect confidentiality make sure to give comfort to employers that all their information is going to be out on the street. many of these same employers collect lots of our data off the web and have no problem saying it is going to be completely confidential. there are lots of tools and techniques to anonymize data and make sure it does not come out with identifiers of firms. that is really a smalltime technological problem to be able to do that. >> that is very helpful. victoria, i want to move to you. you have been part of an initiative in boston that has addressed the wage gap in a
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different way. what i liked about it is that it was a demonstration that everybody can do something. everybody has a role to play. amanda played her role, the chair plays the official role. we have the academic perspective and prior experience. you have been involved in a voluntary effort. can you talk about that? >> as we have heard today, there are issues that the individual faces and issues that face the society. issues where the government can stop in. for thee also issues employer. in boston, it is called the 100% .alent boston women's compact if one starts with the premise, which is a fine premise to begin, that good, well-meaning people still have a hard time closing the pay gap. and that many employers are aware that they have a pay gap and may even wish to solve it. they do not really know what to do about it. creating systems and structures that are going to systematically
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produce an effective closing of the gap can be challenging. it may not be that they do not want to do it. it is that they do not know how to do it in a way that can permeate the company. when he was mayor of boston, decided he >boston had significant attributes in that area. it has been reiterated by my co-panelists. women at the high school, college, and postgraduate level are receiving the majority of degrees. young highlyabout trained talent, women are the majority in the u.s.. this is also true in europe and it will be true in south america in the next few years. what we already knew is that large companies, big multinationals are totally aware of this. they already get that they need
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to get on board and figure out how to close gaps because the talent market is predominantly female. we also know that government get it. governments understand. what is the incentive for the company's and how do we begin solving the problem not just where amandany -- wants to be paid. how do you help companies have equal investment wanting to pay women fairly and have the roll something out that is not a regulation but a place where companies can engage and feel good about it and it can get through all of the legal hurdles? when you say you want to close the wage gap, you say you have a wage gap. that can put them at some risk. wisely put together a task force that those who understood the data, people like me, those who worked significantly in government, ,ike mike alec kathy minahan
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individuals like allison quirk who served on the management committee for state street bank and many businesses are main street businesses. all different levels of business. how can we come together to create an opportunity -- what we like to call up nudge - how can we nudge people in the right direction? we wrote a gorgeous white paper that listed 33 different interventions that companies could take to help close the wage gap. it was everything from providing greater workplace flexibility so high talent individuals, male or female, all of these interventions that help women, help everybody. everybody wants a workplace where they can effectively contribute, not be penalized for who they are and give their best work. an employer who would want to leverage the investment they already made. when amanda told her story, i kept thinking about her being a
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worker who wants more responsibility, who has been with the company for 10 years, who has repeatedly asked for growth. that is an them believe that companies want because that is companies willhe get a leverage back and they will be making greater profit because they haven't will ye who has knowledge of the company and investment in the company and shows commitment who has loyalty and who has some tenacity of wanting to improve. that is the employee that you don't want to lose and have her on the sidelines are working for your competitor. when companies look at it from a talent management lens, they get it. we tried to make it easy so we made sure they could choose any three actions they wanted to take. they sign a compact saying that they are going to do this action which means they can publicize that. they can get credit for trying to do the right thing. then we have given them what i think will be the most valuable piece -- a community where they can have
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a discourse to talk about what is working well and talk about where the challenges are. the larger the company, the more they know where their challenges are but they don't know how to fix it. we are giving them an opportunity to participate in the fixing in a way they won't be penalized and there is nothing punitive and we ask that they give us their data. how easy is it to make it anonymous? at academic institutions, we are pretty good at taking data and making it anonymous and figuring out what it tells us, what is the story? we hope the example of austin will be meaningful because it will tell us things we did not -- we hope the example of boston will be meaningful because it will tell us things we did not know. they want to retain their female talent and they understand that is the future. for the u.s. in particular, to be in credit all -- to be
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competitive in the future, we have to deal with this issue. >> is there a goal or timeframe you're trying to do this in? >> the mayor was hoping we could solve this right away. the new mayor of boston is engaged in this as well. those of us who study these types of issues and work in even amanda said, this is slow going so we are hoping we will be able to look at clean data aggregating it for all kinds of other factors to see how long it takes to get change. behink the goal needs to moving in the correct. $.77 on the dollar is unbelievably poor considering that women are the majority of the educated talent. no one has mentioned today, which i'm sure everyone knows, the more highly educated a woman is, the larger the pay gap.
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what is so insidious about that fact is this is an issue which an individual cannot inoculate themselves from through education. this is an issue which can unbelievably, fundamentally not be sought on an individual level which is why this type of art ship between government and academia and individual action and public/private partnership is the only way we can tackle this issue. >> what is the response to the issue? >> everything we put together, we took it through the whole legal team at state street so there was nothing in this report -- we did not do this in a silo. if it had just come out of academia or government, we would not have gotten it right. the way we talk about how diversity brings of making, this
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is a complex problem. to lots of different actors around the table to figure it out. by the time it was brought to public to different companies that could sign on, you had already got it right. it did not put the companies at risk. anytime there is a hulsey change come you have to meet people where they are and it's respectful and it's the right way to do it and it makes things move more quickly. we went and sat with what used to be known as the volt, which is now the massachusetts competitive partnership. he sat down with the largest corporations in massachusetts in the greater austin area and all of them understood that these are types of issues they were facing. everyone wanted to do something about it and here we are giving them a ready made place to help solve the problem where they can talk about it in what i would call a safe and reasonable effective way. we got many of them to sign on confidencea lot of
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to businesses which were small and medium-sized enterprises. storese mom and pop really wanted to do something about it. we are working on coming up with -- we have kind of like a brand -- like the good housekeeping seal where you know a product has been tested that people can display in their shop windows arepeople can say, hey, we trying to do the right thing and we've signed on to the boston compact. we have had no detractors. i'm sure we will have some, people who don't want to sign on -- we thought it would take a while to get to our first 50 major employees that went bristly and we're looking forward to seeing how it lays out and i'm probably most excited about what we will find. >> that's great, thank you. madam chair, i wonder if you are these voluntary
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efforts helpful to you in terms of your work? and it isery excited a gorgeous white paper, by the way. [laughter] >> i will share that with our team. fact that aand the lot of the space in the discussion about the gender pay gap has been around is there or isn't there? or does happen because of choices women make or is it really personal discrimination? overwhelmingly, you look at all the research -- there is some part of the gap that cannot be explained by nondiscriminatory factors. there is also a difference in the pay gap in the private sector and public sector. in the public sector where there is greater transparency about pay and salaries were very often the pay scales are not very discretionary and where they are publicized, the pay gap is a fraction of what it is in the private sector.
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we do know this is not a figment. there is reason to believe from all the research that there is an issue. more highlyt about educated women and where they stand in this, there have been two studies in recent years about women with medical degrees. one was out of new york and the other -- i forget what part of the country it was -- but it was conducted and published in the journal of the american medical association. both found that after you difference in specialty because for many years the medical profession explained the gap by saying the problem is women choose the parts of medicine or the specialties that are less well compensated so they want to be pediatricians and family practitioners and they are not orthopedics and they are not neurologists and that's the problem. these researchers have gone about taking that out of the equation. they say we will compare apples to apples and we are looking at
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medical residence with the same specialties, with the same backgrounds, with comparable grades and comparable experiences and still, the gap is there and still, the gap, in the case of the new york resident study, more than $60,000. -- more than $16,000. that is the beginning of some is medical career and it will only grow from there. the compensation will come -- become a baseline for the next job or the compensation may determine what kind of research dollars they are able to access. there is no question that there are things that require some change in intervention and i was excited to see the approach you have taken in boston. frankly, that is very solution oriented. i think we can spend a lot of time talking about the problem of the gender pay gap. my worry is that if that is where we stop and the discussion
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and begins with that, we will be where the past president of catalyst said we are today which is, at the rate we're going, the pay gap will not be completely closed until 2057. i think that is too long. i think everyone on the panel thinks that's too long. certainly, the kind of approach you are taking and taking a fresh look and trying to figure out the interventions that may make a difference is exciting. >> i will share one additional piece of the changes we have been looking at -- we created something called the gender action portal which is going live in a month and a half. we are working to get all of the data which is experiment lead based on randomized control trial data and summarizing it audience and there is a link to the actual papers over those who want to read the paper, you can. andcan put in which cap
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papers will come up and different interventions. we are about how as opposed to what. not what is the got but -- not what is the cap but how do you close it. one size will not fit all and every company and corporation has a culture and capacity for change they need to deal with. there are questions on the inside -- i fundamentally believe and there is no evidence of the country that most of the time people think they are doing the right thing whether or not they are. there is change that has to come from getting the mindset right. how do you change that mindset without having to tell anyone you are bad? telling people they are bad or wrong slows down the process of change for it is required sometimes but if you can get to the change without that, you can speed it up. do the companies talk to each other and share best practices? >> we are creating a venue where they will and they will have that opportunity and people will
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choose. they get to choose how much they will share or talk about and with whom they will talk about it. they creates a space where everyone is working on solving that with an investment that is better for the whole economic model of what began as the city that is now growing. the governor appointed a task force which i'm a part of as well as all of the actors you expect. they're working together to figure out how we do this more broadly. i just presented in paris and the mayor of san francisco contacted us. we have all kinds of people interested because no one wants their city to underpay women. how does that help? people want to grow their economy and this is one of the ways to do it. women's challenges is a great untapped resource. helpfulume that it is to have an initiative like this, a initiative, where people are sharing information and looking
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at their practices. do you also provide technical assistance? is that part of the role you play? >> absolutely, a big part of preventionoc does is through outreach education and technical assistance. i think there are definitely things we can learn but i also want to share that one of the aspects of our work on equal pay issues today, thanks to the launch but president obama of the national pay -- equal pay ,nforcement act of 2009 together with the department of labor and the office of personnel management and the department of justice, has been of thatare doing some same information sharing on the government side and are trying to learn from each other and are sharing best practices. we did something which seems simple but it had not been done.
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each of these enforcement agencies has researchers, we have investigators, lawyers, and one of the things we did was collaborate on developing training to deal with the equal pay issue. should one agency look at this issue and approach it one way and another agency looks at it another way? that is help things can fall between the cracks. we trained more than 2000 federal employees in 2011 from across all of those agencies as well as from state and local fair employment practice agencies. it is one example of how we are trying to find out how we are working smarter and collaborating and we are sharing information. there is no reason for any of us to reinvent the wheel. we are taking a similar approach and have been sharing information about data collection issues and challenges and how to improve our strategic enforcement of the laws.
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we heard from the chair and victoria in all these different people about the different ideas around the workplace. if you look back on your experience, would it have been helpful to have had some effort going on where people were voluntarily looking at their pay practices? what was your experience? did people talk about this issue or were you a unique person? one was addressing this. as i listen to everybody talk, i was imy story not only not given the opportunity to even apply for a job when i inquired about equal pay because there were gentlemen that work in the office with me that did virtually the same job but we did not make the same amount.
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i was making probably about $18,000 less than they were a year. when i inquired about being paid equally to them, the answer from my boss was -- amanda, they have families to take care of. they need to be paid more. -- whatnse to that was do you call the little people i have a home? they are my family and i am in charge of taking care of them. yes, it would have been so helpful -- women don't want to get over. we don't hate men or dislike men and we don't want to rule the world against men. i love men and i think they are awesome. but that does not mean that i -- that i am not a for the same opportunities. i have a seven-year-old little girl. she does not understand any of the spreadsheet is try to figure out why mommy is going to d.c. why are you doing this?
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i explained it to her -- she is b,d,f's arerade -- a, important to her. i said at the little boy in your class took a test and got all the answers right and got an "a" and you took it testing thoroughly answers right but got a "c", how would that make you feel? she said not good. shouldn't the little boy get an "a" because he is a little boy and you should get a"c" because you are a little girl? she said that's not fair and that's not the way it should be. way, iu look at it that want to be paid equally. i don't want to feel like i have to be an espionage spy to figure out what everybody else is making. like you said, i wanted more
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responsibility. of my to take care family. i believe that when women in america do better, our country does better. what would you say to somebody who said they had a similar problem or they were not sure -- they thought they were experienced discrimination -- what would you tell them to do? >> i would tell them to do a lot of the similar things i did. do the research and figure out what these things mean. what does this law mean? what does this title 7 mean to you? you don't know, ask somebody. if they cannot give you the answer, ask somebody else until you get the answer. what does it feel like in your gut? sometimes it was the only thing that kept me going -- i knew the truth. i knew that what was going on
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with me was wrong. i knew the truth and the got to the point where i did not care what anybody else ought because i know it was true. i could not look at my little girls and tell them you can do anything in this world you want to. you can be anything when i was a space of blatant dissemination. i could not be anything i want to be. this company was not allowing me and afforded me the opportunity. how can i tell my daughters that in america you can do that? do the research, talk to people, reach out to people that know the technical things -- the eeoc was immensely helpful to may. anytime a did not know the answer to something, i can call my lady and asked. what's going on? should i read this book? where do i go from here? trust your gut. trust your gut. >> thank you, that's an amazing
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story. it's an amazing effort you did for yourself and your family. that that chings stephenson talked about was the broader economic implications in the 21st century workplace. can you talk a little about that? we will hear of a lot about what the president is proposing around pay secrecy and collection of pay data and it sensory technical. people don't always talk about that. if we look forward to a 21st-century work lice, what is it we should be aspiring to? what does a 21st-century workplace look like exactly? >> i used to dream. the 21st-century workplace has got to be one in which each individual can realize their potential. where you don't have to leave who you are and what you are at
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the workplace door whether that means your are a mother or a father for that means you have kids or don't have kids. the things that are part of you that make you who you are and make you the talent that you are, you can actually bring them to the workplace. when i think about work flexibility, what is that all about? it's about allowing you to take the same things you prize and they'll you in your day to day life and bring them to the work lice and maintain them. right now, we have too much of a system that says lee did that at the door. -- that says lee that at the door. those are impediments instead of finding those ways to accentuate our productivity. we are in a global competition. most of that will come about when we resolved by which country we can get the most out of their people. half of the workforce is women. ,alf of the educated workforce more than half of the college educated work forces women.
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how can we compete with the countries around the globe which will give all of us a place to grow unless we find ways to allow them to be women and be successful in the workplace? that's what i think the 21st century workplace has to be about. >> vic torilla, do you think the employers would share that view? they have already invested -- i will give you a vignette to put it in starker relief. in pakistan, when they opened the gateway so that men and women could light to medical school in equal numbers without their the a quota, instantly, more women were accepted and the majority of people graduating were physicians. culturally, there are many impediments to women, all types of impediments, being
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physicians. more than 1/3 physicians and some say more than 1/2 did not practice more than five years. when you think of what it means that halfy to invest, of the people you educate to do something don't go on to do it, what happens when we invest as a society or as a company or an organization or invest as it family in girls and women and they cannot fully participate in society, that has an extraordinary economic cost. companies absolutely want to get the return on investment they have made in each employee and women certainly want to get the return on the investment they've made in themselves and the sacrifices and the choices they have made. this is a phenomenal opportunity where it lines up positively and there is no loser. it is a win-win. we think of it in boston is a win win win.
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it works in the private and public and academic spear and it also works organizationally and individually. one of the pieces we did in boston is an individual could read the white paper and the forward andan move suggest this to their manager or suggested to the company or pull strategies out of it and use it. or a senior person at the company -- we approach the president of the company because we could. when not begin their? the more senior the people are, usually the more they get it. they need to solve the company's problems. this is a nice way to get in and begin to solve a problem. chair, if people think they are being paid less, what do you tell people to do? i hope it would be a lot easier for you to find
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the information today. one of the things we did as a part of the equal pay enforcement task force is together with our partners in the task force, do a much more aggressive and extensive public education and outreach program around pay issues. there is still more to do and still more partnerships i'm sure that we could make to make it even more effective and penetrate even more places. but certainly, part of this was to raise awareness. obviously, i think your comments underscore that that was in port in part of what the task force to fark -- decided to do as a strategy. secondly, i think one of the things that is implicit in your story and that we find in many of the charges we get in this of thed others, one first questions will be asked is what evidence do you have that help to support your belief that you were discriminated against? if there is documentation, if there is information, even if
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you do not have your pay stub and someone else's that will be the smoking gun -- do you have your pay records together? do you have records of instances or can you recall or put together information about instances when pay is not just a matter of every other week what comes in a check. in some professions, most of your salary or most of your compensation comes from other things. it is bonuses, its commissions, it's other kinds of income. some things we would want to know are how are people paid? did you have a chance to get all the different types of compensation that were given in your workplace? as far as you can tell, were men whenomen getting bonuses bonuses were given out or do they just go to certain types of employees and not others? we would be interested in that information that will also help
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to address the pay differences. someve also heard from advocates and others in the sometimes, when another type of discrimination has happened, whether it is harassment or pregnancy discrimination or some other form of discrimination, in the course of that investigation, we will learn in addition there might be concerns about pay. whatever brings a person in the door -- we are talking today about a discrimination based on sex -- in fact, the laws we enforce address other forms of pages from a nation. any -- any other forms of pay discrimination. when a person believes or learn something that makes them believe there might be to termination -- discrimination, the those a be helpful to think about and would make a difference. finally, there is more and more information available from
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advocates and others. they are beginning to take advantage of the information that is out there about pay. you can start to do things like see how your pay lines up to the market. what are people who hold your job, whatever it is, paid in general? there are sources on the web and otherwise that help people to identify that and figure out whether they are making with the market pays for a specific job. that is important for those negotiating especially people coming out of school and people who are negotiating either a first-time job offer or who are negotiating to change professions. many times we hear we live in a litigious society and the suggestion is that people just like to go to court and win cases. you are a litigator. how hard is it to actually bring
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these cases for people in the cases? is verytandard demanding. one of the things under the equal pay act is that you have to show that the jobs are equal or equivalent. very often, a lot of time is spent if you go to court trying to prove the job is the same as that job. challenge that can be presented will come up in the defense of the case. fact, there are far easier ways to get money than to bring a lawsuit under any employment discrimination statute. -- as somebodyo who represented people, i have often said when i talk to companies, i'm sure of one thing we can agree on -- it is always better to prevent discrimination
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from happening in the first place then to try to prove it and remedy it or correct it after the fact. i think that is another reason why the approach you are taking in boston is exciting and promising. because we certainly know that when we can achieve voluntary compliance, when we can prevent discoloration from occurring in the first place, that is definitely a win-win. it is not easy to prove. it seems to me that the employers probably feel good that this is an affirmative thing they can do and it's positive for their workplace. >> that's right, takes the same issues but frames them where they can feel proud of it and it's helpful internally with their internal workforce and helpful because it gives managers who are struggling with these issues a place to talk about it, tools to address it and great for individual women because they say the issue is on
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the table and they have an opening to talk about it. it will change that town of those conversations inside the workplace. >> for that reason, when you talk about where we need to be, to have a stronger economy, that what we want is businesses who are informed about how they treat people fairly, how do they make sure they are paying people fairly, that they are being thoughtful about this. absolutely, having the employers voluntarily acted to prevent this problem from coming up to begin with, to be proactive in thinking about their systems and their practices and regularly be going in and looking at themselves is the best case scenario for all sides. it saves four years of heartache. it saves thousands of dollars in litigation costs. and it helps women and the companies reached their
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potential now. the more that one can do in that space, the better off you can do, we will always need eeoc to take care of smaller and smaller number of bad actors, hopefully. her story is a her story and should never happen. a horror story and it should never happen. >> when you think back and listen to all the different pieces but you think back on your experience and it took four years. are you happy you did this? >> yes. i'm very happy that i did it. i did not do it for the money. i did win a settlement and we went to mediation, we did not actually go to corporate i did not do it from the money, it was
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not that much money. i did it because it was wrong. i talk about my children -- my mother told me you can be anything you want to be and i want to be able to honor that commitment to my children and say the same thing. no regrets as to what i did pray i do not always do the right thing and it was not always the most direct way to go, maybe. i learned a lot. i certainly never thought i would be in front of all of you people. i am so pleased to be. yes, it's the right thing. it's the right thing. i have no regrets whatsoever. >> thank you. all for a really interesting conversation. [applause]
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i think we have time for a couple of questions. yes? >> we are 100% of the people having children and i don't think that will change. to what extent is the caregiving role of women the moving factor in the gender pay gap? and can we ever hope for pay equity without paid family leave and paid sick days? thank you. >> you raised a couple of really good points. >> i think that is an exceptionally good point. it has become kind of passe to want to talk about the second shift or the double burden. all the work on gender equity has been -- has done a fantastic job of women having 100% of the
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job of the mother and 100% of the job their fathers did. that is out k if that's a choice. for most women, it's not really a choice. it's what happens and it's what required. i think it's an extra in a really large part of the overall problem but not a huge part of the pay gap. it's part of the pay gap that more of it is about when companies even have on the books policies that parents can take her women can take for maternity leave, it's not that women are gone two weeks, 12 weeks or what have you -- and the penalty that comes from it that in most professions and women take that leap, they are penalized for that. we also know if women take 20nificant time off like four months, they are usually under employed the rest of their lives. the pay gap becomes an extraordinarily large and gap because of
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how people perceive that. we have some really wonderful which shows of hbs that when women and men in the same job in the same corporation each have a child, men get was called a relational bonus. when bob has a child, bob becomes a more likable guy. he is a bit nicer. that's because of the breadwinner myth which is not real and has not been for more than 25 years. then people say we've got bob now and he is not going anywhere. we can count on bob. he is viewed as more committed and nicer. when betsy has a child, betsy is viewed as less resins, less committed, less engaged him in no way and she is viewed as more absence. what that means is high penalties in the individual has
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no idea what just happened. betsy comes back to work. she is working harder and each time she gets passed over, she doubled down. she is at her desk more but does not realize that these perceptions exist. if you know it, you can combat and there are tools to do it. >> this seems to me your question raises the issue of illegal impediment but also the need to change the culture of the workplace. ed spoke to that a great deal as well. your other point about paid family leave and paid sick days are policies that we at the center for american progress firmly support to really make sure we have strong workplace policies. did anybody else want to comment on the question? putust that the eeoc together some information several years ago and had a public needing uncared it -- on caregiver's cremation.
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debt discrimination. -- discrimination. it centers on pregnancy per se, or the league associated with it -- or the leave associate with it but it is more than that. recognize things we is that by looking at caregiver discrimination, you are also looking that women have a disproportionate amount of responsibility for elder care. it's not just a matter of childbearing years. for women, be over much of their work lives that some of those challenges about achieving a balance or trying to manage work and family responsibilities or hopefully obtain from -- some flexibility that happened without penalizing them. it can make a difference. there are definitely different dimensions to that issue.
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it is a form of discrimination we can address. >> questions? i'm with an organization which is certifying a building is being energy efficient. it would certify multinational or large corporation as being -- as having achieved a global standard for gender equality. it is like the good housekeeping seal that victoria was talking about. it addresses the multidimensional cultural problems that are hard to get to because the woman is not seeing it and the company is not seeing it but we do very extensive analysis that has been cooked up by lots of phd's and people at harvard and multinational corporations.
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it was incubated and launched through the world economic forum. it has now come into the marketplace. what we are finding is victoria is right that companies see this as an imperative. five years ago, we had to explain to them why they needed to become gender equal. now they are in a cold sweat as to how they do this. this is a metrics-based roadmap with a customized land for how they do it that has arrived -- that is arrived upon through a sophisticated's assessment process. it is another tool out there and we are seeing more tools because there seems to be a market driven demand. companies realize you will make more money if you appreciate these women and don't lose these expensively trained women who come up through the pipeline. >> i'm glad you mentioned that. it is really terrific to see a lot of these voluntary efforts. you have a question here? >> i am a temple university
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student returning to the university. i was there 30 years ago in journalism and i wrote a column. withitting there now 22-year-old women looking at them -- 30 years ago, we did not get the equal rights amendment. if you had told me 30 years ago that in 30 years, we still would not have it, we still won't have the legislation on the books, when i was young, 30 years ago, i would've looked at you and said it will not take that long. i say to them that this is the time. dr. martin luther king had a reason, hasor some fallen out of our vocabulary. used to warn about gradualism.
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he's to warn about that. don't allow gradualism into your rights. fallse known since seneca what our rights were and what we needed. now we just have to say because all these wonderful reasons that there is so many women graduating that we have known for a very long time that we need a law. without the law, we don't have the protection. companies are coming up now on the government says we want to do it on terrell it but there are a lot of corporations that will not do it voluntarily. we will not have protection until we have the law on the books. my question is whether you agree with that or not. it is something i found over my lifespan that we never have rights until it is the law. when you talk about these
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issues, there are times when it feels like progress is slow. but progress is important. progress does get made. said, it bends toward justice and sometimes the bending takes longer than we watch. my general take is that you need a little bit of both. right, by voluntary action alone, it's nice but there may be some great companies that do it but sometimes the legal requirement gives a little push. it is the carrot and the stick. one of the things i liked about our conversation was how they can complement each other. eeoculd be great if the was out of business -- i don't mean that personally.
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[laughter] not you, we would get you a job. you are highly employable. nice ifhat it would be those cases did not exist. i am looking forward to when we are not celebrating this day. >> one at the things about the history of the eeoc is that we were created by the civil rights act of 1964. we opened our doors in july of 1965 so our 50th anniversary as an agency is coming up. one thing we have learned over the course of the history of the agency is initially, the only way to enforce the law was through persuasion. over time, it became clear to congress and clear to those who were concerned about it that we needed a range of ways to enforce the law including access to litigation, including
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mediation which is allowed to resolve cases more quickly and to reach mutual agreeable results to problems of discrimination who are still on the job and then a range of things in between. there is no question, i think, that while voluntary compliance is important, persuasion and are part of it. it has also been necessary over the past 50 years to, at times, go into court or to seek relief in other ways. we have done it and have been able to achieve some significant change. joyy special assistant
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shared a quote from nelson mandela -- when one climbs a great hill, one often finds there is another to climb. i think that is the nature of enforcement of civil rights in many cases. >> time for one more? one more. i'm wondering if any of you has any information about the extent to which having a union in a workplace tends to alleviate the problem of pay equity or not and if there is information available about that? ata few years ago, the eeoc a public forum to discuss pay equity issues in someone participated from afl-cio. issuesthe most important that the union representation and the availability of collective argument has addressed is for low-wage women. one thing we really cannot leave
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without noting specifically is that it's difficult with some of the issues we raised like work /family balance and other concerns that come from working women -- they are even more challenging for low-wage working women. low-wage women are often working multiple jobs. because they are working multiple jobs, they may be in a part-time status and may have few if any benefits. they are not asking how long will i be able to take leave, they may not have sick leave at all. they may not have opportunities to be paid at all if they have to take care of a sick child or relative or parent. abouter we have said women and the status of working women in the pay gap in general, you can multiply that for working women and low-wage working women. the shriver report helps to illustrate in many ways how
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great -- grave that situation is. what has made a difference in some occupations has been the availability of collective bargaining which addresses some of those needs. >> i think we are out of time, unfortunately. we could spend all afternoon here but i wanted angola view. you -- but i want to thank all of you. thank you all. [applause] host: caller [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> during this month, c-span is
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pleased to present our winning entries in this year's student cam video documentary competition. student cam is the annual competition that encourages middle and high school students to think critically about issues. we asked students to base their documentary on the question -- what is the most important issue the u.s. congress should consider in 2014? s areecond prize winner sophomores in silver spring, maryland. they believe the economic achievement gap is the most important issue. numbers look at these starting at high school. fully, 96% of kids from the highest income group complete high school. it's almost a given. 63% of those who come from the lowest percentile do. in 10 of lowe
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income children eventually graduate from college, less than one in 10. that is morally and educationally unacceptable. >> hi, i go to montgomery blair high school in silver spring, maryland. silver spring is a rapidly growing come incredibly diversity in the washington, d.c. metro area. blair is a great school and one of my favorite things is a diversity among our 2800 students. i see all kinds of evil walking down the halls. peoplee all kinds of walking down the halls. there is something you cannot see by looking at her students. the one glance at our test scores is something that is off. why are students from high income and middle class families consistently outperforming low income students in every subject? this is only a snapshot of a problem that reaches across the nation. the economic achievement gap.
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>> for the most part, it's the gap in education performance and outcomes based on different groups of students which often lead to your social economic status. >> the presence is undeniable. low income fourth-graders are, on average, three years behind their middle and high income counterparts. by 12 great, they fall into an average of four years behind. why? why do low income students test lower and drop out more often? this is one of those issues where the answer is probably not one you can tie up with a bow. >> being a low income student comes with a slew of factors that can hinder academic performance. the home environment is more stressful for parents to work
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multiple jobs may not the home to help their kids with homework or read to them. it is something numerous studies have helped students do better once they start school. the u.s. department of education has reported that lower income children who still have a good learning environment at home start school at of other lower income students, further exemplifying the example of good education from an early age. families can be very different for these groups of students. a minority student come a let's say, but they also may come from a family of one parent were they just don't have the two parent personal support you would have. if the parent is not well-educated, the communities could be dangerous and there could be crime and all too often, the same person is the caregiver. it's a big challenge. >> a low income neighborhood may
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have a library or other educational resources. some schools are funded by our party taxes, schools located in the lower income areas would lower property values tend to struggle more to fund their local public schools. top of their classrooms, lack of resources, the students you cannot status of home may cause stress and neurological issues that can further hamper his or her academic performance. >> we have to look at the achievement gap is a multigenerational issue. there are families right now that are clinically stressed and probably produced children with lesser iq's than they could have had. up with highrew levels of stress, i would have memory.
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that means i can only hold so much information in my head and i cannot learn as fast or as well as others. the brain will wire up according to the environment. the brain needs to react. >> the basic principles in this that we want everybody to make it based on their character and their willingness to put the time and effort into working at something. that is why it's important to provide these opportunities. you don't have access to those opportunities so it's more difficult to succeed. it's important on individual level to make sure that every child can succeed and has an opportunity and it's important to us as a country because we are only as successful as the people of this country are successful. to the extent we can empower our
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students, we empower the entire country. >> but we cannot use the brutal reality of poverty is a catchall excuse to avoid responsibility for educating children at risk and help them beat the odds as thousands and thousands do year after year after year. our children only have one chance, one chance to get a great education. i cannot wait for poverty to magically disappear. in fact, for them and their parents, education is the way out of poverty they don't want to waste a minute. they are chasing the american dream with everything they have and we have to help them get their. we all share in that responsibility, no one gets a pass. we first began researching the achievement gap, we had no idea what kind of impact it has had on our community and our country. it is an issue that truly affects all parts of the country. we cannot ignore the low income population, letting them fall
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further into poverty with every generation that has not received quality education. to deprive a part of our people is to deprive the country as a whole. the future of the country depends on how we deal with the achievement gap today. >> to watch all the videos and to learn all about the competition, go to kosher comment on student cams facebook page or tweet us. >> coming up today, a few live events on the c-span networks. john kerryf state will testify before the senate
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foreign relations committee. you can join the conversation on facebook and twitter. atch it on c-span three 10:00 a.m. eastern. >> in a few moments, a look at today's headlines, plus your calls, live on "washington journal." the house of representatives is back in session at 10:00 eastern. today's agenda includes work on the gop budget. at 8:30 eastern, we are joined
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by senator john barrasso to discuss health and energy cares. you can join the conversation on facebook and twitter. ♪ its the washington journal for april 8. the busy day on the hill. secretary kerry before the senate foreign relations committee at 10:00 eastern on also, several senate democratic women scheduled to take the senate floor today to discuss gender pay equality. scheduledok for that at 2:15 this afternoon.


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